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Diary of an Unknown

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Hardcover, 1 page
Published May 1st 1988 by Paragon House Publishers (first published September 1st 1952)
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Dec 26, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not the most interesting book. it, however, has a unique story in it. it's about a man witnessing a funeral procession for the king of cats.
Oct 09, 2015 Kurtbg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author starts off setting up the structure of the book for the reader. He's chosen to emulate Montaigne and his approach to essays.

A reader needs to take two things account when reading this book. 1) having some familiarity with the works of Jean Cocteau and 2) approaching the book with an understanding of the cultural timeline in which it resides. For me I was weak on the first, and more familiar with the second. In this way there is much to forget to keep it in context with everything that
What didn't Jean Cocteau do in his life? Personally I love him for his movies (Beauty and the Beast especially), but he did so much more from writing novels to poetry to plays. Diary of an Unknown is a posthumous collection of his essays on different aspects of life (friendship, injustice, memories, etc.). They're short essays, diary entries almost, simple thoughts on different matters - okay, it's Cocteau, so it's actually rather complex thoughts on relatively simple matters... but when it gets ...more
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May 09, 2013 Melanie Hilliard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't finish this book. While it's interesting, it's a little beyond my reach at this point in my life. It's simply not the book for me right now.
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Dec 02, 2013 Arthur Hoyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for insights into the creative life of one of the twentieth century's most interesting film artists.
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Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. Along with other Surrealists of his generation (Jean Anouilh and René Char for example) Cocteau grappled with the "algebra" of verbal codes old and new, mise en scène language and technologies of modernism to create a paradox: a classical a ...more
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